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Winterize Your Home: Tips to Save Energy This Winter

Get ready for the chilly days ahead—and save money on your utility bills.
By Natural Home Staff
September/October 2003
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Switch to a programmable thermostat and lower your home’s daily temperature by three degrees.

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• Replace or clean your furnace filter.

• Switch to a programmable thermostat and lower your home’s daily temperature by three degrees.

• Replace an older furnace or heat pump with Energy Star–rated products.

• Keep doors and heat vents in unoccupied rooms closed.

• Line windows and doors with weather stripping and caulking.

• Seal small leaks around plumbing installations, recessed lights, vents, air ducts, flues, and chimneys using insulation, caulk, or weather stripping.

• Insulate attics, walls, and basements.

• Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees.

• Insulate your water pipes to prevent freezing.

Sources: Edison Electric Institute, Energy Star Partnership Program

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